5 best iPad file manager tools for Windows PC

By: George Finley
5 minute read

iPad file managers are specialized tools that allow users to view and open the files stored on their devices, copy them to another device, send them via email, and more.

iOS is a great mobile operating system, but it does come with some limitations. For example, iOS users can’t manage their files as easily as Android or Windows users. This task becomes even more difficult when it comes to managing iPad files on Windows. You really need a dedicated file manager for this task.

You can use iPad file managers to performs these tasks:

  • Cut/copy/paste files and folders
  • Create or delete files and folders
  • (On some of the apps) edit files in real-time
  • Create Dropbox/Box.net/iCloud sync
  • Access/open files of various types (images, pdf, zip etc.)

Transferring files from an iPad to a Windows PC is quite hard due to iTunes’ limitations. To help you better manage your iPad files on your PC, we’re going to list five apps that will allow you to do that without jailbreaking your device.

iPad file managers for PC

 iExploreriFun BoxiToolsiMobie's Phone BrowseiMazing    
RANK (1 to 5)4,543.54.53.5
Free/PaidPaidFreeFree (Trial)FreePaid
BackupYesAppsYesN/AYes
Using device as storageYesYesN/AYesYes
Selective file chooseYesYesYesYesYes
Keeps metadataYesYesYesN/AN/A
Mobile Device ManagementYesYesYesYesYes
View Only ModeNoNoNoYesNo
Support 24/7 NoNoNoNoNo
iTunes requiredNoNoNoNoNo

iExplorer

iExplorer is a great software that you can use to browse all your iPad files and explore app data files.

To export files to your PC, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the folder or file that you want to export.
  2. Right-click it > choose the Export option and the destination folder in the pop-up window.
  3. Press the OK button, and you’re done. Now your files will be exported to your PC.

The requirements include the following:

  • An iOS device (iPad/iPhone/iPod)
  • iTunes 10 or later installed on the system
  • Windows XP /Vista/7/8/8.1/10

To download the tool, go to the iBrowse app page, and download iExplorer. Once the download completes, run the iBrowse .dmg file. After you open it, drag the icon into your Applications folder to install it.


iFun Box

iFunBox is an excellent File Manager for your iOS device. iFunBox may be defined as an alternative for iExplorer but it has some additional features, including App Management. You can use it to install or remove apps from your iPad.

The software also allows you to install apps from .ipa files from PC to your device. The installation process is safe because the apps are installed in a secured sandbox.

You can also batch install apps and manage your device apps and games very quickly. iFunbox can easily manage equipment apps, photos, music, videos, mobile phone ringtones, voice memos and more.

iOS apps store data such as user account, chat history, saved games, in-app purchases and so on. iFunBox provides an easy way to manipulate this data to clean the track of usage, chat games, backup messages of chats and more.

You can download iFunBox for free from the too’s official website.


iTools

iTools allows you to create a backup of your iPhone and iPad apps and even restore them or uninstall them. The tool allows you to sync your music, contacts and messages data right on your PC. You can also browse Apps files and folders on your device.

iTools also allows you to configure iBooks, Media, and Photos settings and you can also take an offline backup.

You can also use iTools to directly install ipa files on your iPhone/iPad and design your HomeScreen look.

The software also comes bundled with a built-in PXL to IPA converter, which allows you to convert pxl apps into ipa apps as ipa app format is the most secure one.

You can download iTools from ThinkSkySoft.


iMobie’s Phone Browse

PhoneBrowse is a free iPhone Explorer software developed to access, explore and manage your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch file system without jailbreaking your device.

This is another 100% free file explorer and app manager app for iOS devices. The tool provides a free iOS file manager app that will allow you to manage files on your device. You will be able to transfer the docs and files from your PC to your iPad and vice versa.

The tool also allows you to use advanced customization of the iPad. For instance, you will be able to change the apps’ text, icons, sounds and so on.

The requirements include Net framework 4.0 or higher installed, iTunes 9 or later, and Windows 7 and later versions.

PhoneBrowse is one of the most decent and the safest free iOS file browsing software that gives you full control over your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch file system. By bringing about an intuitive File Explorer interface, now this thoroughly developed iPhone backup extractor will help you to instantly access and manipulate the iOS file system.

You can download PhoneBrowse from Imobie.


iMazing

iMazing is a reliable tool to transfer and save music, files, messages, and data. You can use it to safely back up any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The tool is one of the best iOS device managers for PCs.

You can now quickly transfer your data to a new iPhone. Without iCloud or iTunes, you can copy everything or select the right content to transfer.

You can now copy your music back and forth between your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and PC. There are no more iTunes syncs necessary.

You can also export your pics and videos, without iCloud or iTunes. Save your favorite moments on your Mac or PC.

Unlike iTunes and iCloud, this tool will never overwrite your iPhone and iPad backups. It doesn’t require paid cloud storage. iMazing is reliable and innovative, and it just might be the only software on the market that offers an automatic backup and archive solution, for free.

You can now keep control and never lose precious information. With every backup, iMazing creates a new photo of your Apple device. Your iPhone and iPad archives will be able to get secure encryption from now on. They are also optimized for minimum disk use. The tool is very safe and efficient.

You will be able to schedule your backups for every evening, or weekly after 6 pm; it will be up to you. And if for any reason, your next backup expired, iMazing can notify you. This way, you can always stay ahead of your backups.

You can download iMazing for free from the tool’s official website.


There are many different options when it comes to using an alternative to iTunes for managing iOS devices. The five alternatives that we offered you bring many useful features that you will definitely enjoy. Check them all out and select the tool that best suits your needs.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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